Thomas Ernest Cummings

May 28, 2018

CHARLOTTE – Thomas Ernest Cummings, age 77, died unexpectedly at Litchfield Beach, SC, on Monday, May 28, 2018.  He was born February 4, 1941, the third child of Mary Stockton and Kemp Plummer Battle Cummings in Winston-Salem, NC.

He attended public schools in Winston-Salem and was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School in 1959.  He then attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  Upon graduation in 1963 Tom attended UNC’s School of Law.  He graduated in 1966 and moved to Charlotte, NC with his wife Genevieve and daughter Catherine. 

In Tom’s 40 years of legal practice he was a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar, the North Carolina Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

In Charlotte, Tom was an original board member of the Charlotte Area Fund, a member and Deacon at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, a member at The Charlotte Country Club, The RODS, his beloved golf group, The Piedmont Club, The Thursday Dance Club and various other organizations.

Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Genevieve Steele Cummings, his beloved children, Catherine Dubose and her husband David DuBose, of Greenville, SC and Thomas E. Cummings, Jr. of Piedmont, CA, his wonderful grandson David DuBose IV of Greenville, SC, and his brother Kemp Cummings of Pinehurst, NC.  Also included are his three sisters-in-law and their husbands and his brother-in-law and his wife, whom he cherished, Betsy S. Carr and her husband Watts of Greensboro, NC, Anne S. Page and her husband Dan of Charlotte, NC, Susan S. Barber and her husband Freeman of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Flake F. Steele III and his wife Lu Ann of Clemmons, NC.  Also included are many special nieces and nephews.

Tom was predeceased in life by his parents and his sister Billie Goslen of Winston-Salem, NC.

A memorial service to celebrate and honor Tom’s life will be held on Sunday June 3 at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, led by the Reverend Joe Cliffard.  A reception will immediately follow in Oxford Hall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500-A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Ron and Betty Autrey

    Genevieve...We were so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. Our prayers are with you and the family

  • Teny and Bill Sugg

    Our love and deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
    Teny and Bill

  • Alex Galloway

    Genevieve, Betsy & Watts, and Susan & Freeman, I was so shocked and sorry to just read about Tom from Adam Sanders. He was as close to perfect as anyone I've ever met who will be greatly missed by a large & loving family and a multitude of good friends. His background at UNC was known to me, but I never knew he was a Morehead Scholar but not at all surprised!
    My sincerest sympathy to you all and best personal regards.

  • Charlotte Finwall Graves

    Genevieve & family,

    Sending you caring thoughts & deepest sympathy at this very sad time.

  • Bill Eskridge

    All 3 of the Eskridge boys knew and respected Tom during our time at RJRHS. So sorry to learn of the passing of such a wonderful guy..My thoughts and prayers are with Genevieve and family at this most difficult time..

  • Larry Vickers

    I am so glad that I got be with Tom last Summer along with the RJR 59 boys. Tom will be missed and we all know that this is a tough time for Genevieve and family. I think I can speak for our class of 59 to say we love you and stand ready help in any way we can.

  • Beverly S Pearson

    I knew Tom from the real estate profession and worked with him on many occasions. I am sad to hear of his passing. He was a great attorney and a fine person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.

  • Linda Tesh Klane

    I am so sad to hear of the passing of my friend Tommie. I have such fond memories of him at RJR and in Chapel Hill. He was always a friend who was honest but never judgemental, someone I could be myself with and come away liking myself better. What a gift and what a loss. I’m so sorry, Genevieve. Many hugs coming your way. Love, Linda

  • Bob Hawn

    I am so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. He was the “ best “ of our high school class.

  • Bob Percival

    So very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a mentor, friend and great jokester while I was working in the Cameron Brown Bldg. We had just reconnected at the recent Learning Society meeting at Queens College and agreed that we needed to grab lunch one day soon. Blessings and prayers to Genevieve and the entire family.

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